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Unit information: Developing Child Health Research in 2021/22

Unit name Developing Child Health Research
Unit code BRMS30009
Credit points 20
Level of study H/6
Teaching block(s) Teaching Block 1 (weeks 1 - 12)
Unit director Dr. Marlow
Open unit status Not open




School/department Bristol Medical School
Faculty Faculty of Health Sciences

Description including Unit Aims

The aim for Developing Child Health Research is to provide students with the all the information they need to start a research study in child health. To do this, students will learn both about children and young people as well as the research methods that could be used.

Students will learn about the differences between children, young people and adults (physiological, developmental and systemic); developmental theory; how to talk to teenagers and children; and the types of data that are available.

They will also learn about how to find research evidence, the types of methods they can use to answer research questions including how to design trials, how to collect quantitative data and how to design and conduct qualitative studies as well as the difference between research and other methods used in the NHS such as audits.

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of this unit, students will:
1. Understand what makes Child Health Research different to research in Adults
2. Be able to critically appraise evidence used for providing care of children.
3. Understand the principels behind completing a systematic review
4. Demonstrate competence and have experience of the different research methods used in Child Health research: qualitative, quantitative, and trial methodology.

Teaching Information

Teaching will be provided in small group and tutorials. In addition to seminar/workshop teaching we will use peer led topic sharing/teaching which will improve students ability to teach/train as well as learn. We will provide reading lists and expect students to prepare for seminars, (similar to case based learning) prior to attending seminars.

Assessment Information

Formative Assessment: MCQ writing and practice exam. MCQs will examine knowledge gained and test critical appraisal skills with longer MCQ questions on data questions.

We are using programme level assessment principles and therefore our assessments are designed to assess programme learning outcomes and not just individual units.

Summative Assessment: The MCQ exam will consist of questions examining both this unit and BRMS30010. 90% of the exam questions will examine knowledge from this unit, and 10% will examine knowledge from BRMS30010.

Developing Child Health Research is tested entirely in the MCQ (100% of the Unit is tested with this MCQ exam). The pass mark will be 40% and it is a must pass.


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How much time the unit requires
Each credit equates to 10 hours of total student input. For example a 20 credit unit will take you 200 hours of study to complete. Your total learning time is made up of contact time, directed learning tasks, independent learning and assessment activity.

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The Board of Examiners will take into account any extenuating circumstances and operates within the Regulations and Code of Practice for Taught Programmes.